Antioch Traveling Closet

Welcome to the ATC

GiveNkind Delivers a Message to the ATC: “Sock It To ‘Em!”

(February 13, 2019) The ATC was the beneficiary of a most generous donation from GiveNkind, an organization providing a personal connection between non-profit groups and individuals and businesses looking to re-purpose items so as to leave a positive mark on their local community.

The gift was 27 cartons of socks from Living Royal, socks, makers of some of the most unique socks to be found anywhere, or, as the company modestly puts it, “the coolest socks on planet Earth.”

To make a donation, to volunteer, or to find out more about GiveNkind‘s amazing growth and story, visit their website or send an email to

Emily Petway, founder and president of GiveNkind, delivers 27 cartons of Living Royal socks to the ATC to give to needy area residents at future events, no mean feet feat. Petway describes herself as an “in-kind donation traffic cop,” coordinating efforts amongst the donors and charitable organizations receiving the donations. She has a background in education as a teacher and education programs management. GiveNkind is a 501(c)(3) organization which received nearly a half-million dollars in donations in the fourth quarter of last year.

Lions Club of Antioch Donates to the ATC

(February 13, 2019) The Antioch Traveling Closet would like to thank the Lions Club of Antioch for their kind donation of $500 which will go to assist the areas needy families and individual.

Lisa Fisher Appears on NBC News Make a Difference Segment!

(January 31, 2019) Lisa Fisher was a guest today on the local edition of NBC News Make a Difference segment hosted by Sabrina Santucci. The topic of discussion? Why, the Antioch Traveling Closet, of course!

Watch the segment below!

A Hair-“Razing” Event: St. Baldrick Returns!

(January 16, 2019) The Antioch Traveling Closet would like to mention another worthwhile charity which returns to Antioch next month, St. Baldrick’s “Rock the Bald” event. Individuals attending the event can volunteer to have their heads shaved by a team of hairdressers to show support of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and to raise awareness of the goal of curing childhood cancer.

The scene will once again be held at the W.C. Petty Elementary School, 850 Highview Dr., in Antioch on Wednesday, February 20, from 3:30pm-6:30pm.

Brave young lady and Antioch Upper Grade School student Aubrey Maxson, 12, gives a big thumbs up as she holds a handful of her recently detached “goldi”-locks during the 2018 St. Baldrick's "Rock the Bald" fundraiser to help cure childhood cancer.

The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer and donor-powered charitable organization that supports the most promising research in search of cures for childhood cancers. It is based in Monrovia, California. The head-shaving events not only raise money but shavees also promote awareness of the Foundation's cause. Events are held throughout the year across the country.

It’s Your Chance to Help the ATC!

(January 16, 2019) The ATC is looking for schools, organizations, clubs, neighborhoods, and/or work places that would be interested in having a collection drive for us.

Please contact Lisa Fisher if interested or if you would like more information. (

Collections could be of brand new socks, kid’s underwear, cleaning supplies, toiletries, and/or school supplies.

Hillcrest Elementary School’s ATC Gift

(January 6, 2019) Hillcrest Elementary 
School, 433 E. Depot St., held their Holiday Fest on December 1, 2018 (see post below). Today the ATC received a check in the amount of $1,510.00
 from the proceeds.

We would like to say 
a very special “Thank You” to Deb Gregory, Rachel 
Hewitt, and Jen Sherman for heading up the event 
and making the ATC the beneficiary. We
 appreciate all the hard work each of you and
 your volunteers did to make this a fantastic

ATC’s Donor List is Growing!

(December 29, 2018) The Antioch Traveling Closet continues to be blessed this year with donations and assistance from area businesses, organizations, and churches. St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 1400 N. O’Plaine Rd., in Libertyville has been kind enough to donate $180 to the ATC through their Annual Community Christmas Card program. More information about the program can be found through this link to the Church’s bulletin, The Arena.

Also, The Lodge of Antioch, 899 Main St., in Antioch will be hosting a fundraiser for the ATC on February 20, 2019 from 5:00-10:00pm. Visitors to the popular pub and eatery should mention that they are there for the Antioch Traveling Closet fundraiser. By doing so, The Lodge will donate 30% of the tab for food and drinks to the ATC!

As always, the Antioch Traveling Closet sincerely appreciates all of the support we receive from the community.

Larsen Electrical Technologies of Kenosha Makes a Large Donation

(December 26, 2018) Lisa Fisher has announced that Larsen Electrical Technologies, 4716 52nd Ave., in Kenosha has donated $6,000 to the Antioch Traveling Closet!

LETech, Inc. is a licensed electrical contractor in the states of Wisconsin and Illinois whose expertise includes residential and commercial installations utilizing a collective base of over one hundred years experience in the electrical industry. They have also been generous supporters of a number of charities including the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Hillside Disabled Veteran’s Project, and Kiwanis International, to name just a few.

The Antioch Traveling Closet sincerely thanks Mr. Don Larsen, President of LETech, Inc., for his generous assistance in helping the ATC reach its goal of helping the area’s needy families.

Additional Video of the ATC Christmas Event

(December 26, 2018) Additional video has been submitted of the ATC Christmas Giveaway event held at the Antioch Senior Center on December 16th and can now be seen below along with the original videos further down this webpage.

It’s your chance to see the dramatic, historic footage of Santa Claus getting his blood pressure checked before his worldwide delivery tour!

The Antioch Traveling Closet wishes everyone a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous 2019!

Local Businesses Continue Their Support for the ATC

(December 23, 2018) The ATC extends a belated thanks to two local businesses which recently made generous donations to us.

Merle Norman Cosmetics, 406 Lake St., in Antioch once again held their “Buy a Hat, Give a Hat” promotion wherein customers who purchased a winter knit hat also had one donated to the ATC. This year, Merle Norman Cosmetics was able to donate 100 hats during last week’s Christmas event to needy area residents.

Merle Norman Cosmetics scores a “hat trick” for the ATC with the “Buy a Hat, Give a Hat” promotion.

We’d also like to thank Heartland Bank & Trust, 485 Lake St., in Antioch for their donation of $500. Heartland is recognized as one of the strongest and most progressive banks in the area. They are a locally-owned community bank with roots here in the heartland.

Our appreciation also goes to A-Action Pest Control, 487 Orchard St. in Antioch for their donation of $300.

It’s through the support of area businesses and individuals that the Antioch Traveling Closet is able to adhere to our mission of making sure that no child, adult, or senior citizen is without basic items that the rest of us sometimes take for granted.

Check Out Two Videos From the Weekend ATC Christmas Event

(December 19, 2018) Below are two short videos of the weekend ATC Christmas Giveaway event held at the Antioch Senior Center.

The first video shows a few seconds of volunteers unloading a truck with all of the items for the event on Saturday, December 15, the line of attendees waiting for the doors to open on Sunday morning, and scenes from inside the event.

The second video is a walkthrough of the Senior Center showing items that were available, along with haircuts, free to needy Antioch-area residents.

The Antioch Traveling Closet wishes all who helped make the event possible, as well as all of the nearly 350 attendees, a very Merry Christmas!

Photos from the December Giveaway Event are Ready

(December 17, 2018) The December ATC Giveaway event was another success! About 350 needy area residents along with many wonderful volunteers passed through the doors of the Antioch Senior Center where the event was once again held.

Photos of the Sunday event along with Saturday’s setup with the volunteers are now available for viewing. A video taken during Saturday’s setup will be available here later this week.

Here are the links to the photographs:

The Antioch Traveling Closet thanks all of the many sponsors, donors, and volunteers who helped to make this event a success and make Christmas a bit happier for many area resident!

ATC Receives Grant from Walmart Giving

(December 12, 2018) Great news! Lisa Fisher announced today that the Antioch Traveling Closet has received a grant from @walmartgivng @walmarttoday #BetterTogether #WalmartGiving and #Walmart

This grant will help the ATC defray the costs that our organization incurs in serving our community. The Antioch Traveling Closet thanks all of those involved with Walmart Giving for making this a happy holiday!

“Toys for Tats” Helping Santa Make Children Happy!

(December 9, 2018) Our good friends at Good Family Tattoo, 198 W. Grass Lake Rd. in Lake Villa, once again held a successful “Toys for Tats” toy collection event on Saturday, 
Dec. 8.

Residents were asked to bring in a brand-new, unwrapped toy or toys worth $20 or more 
for a needy child. They then got to spin a wheel for every $20 spent and received a gift certificate for the slot the spin
 landed on. This year, several local businesses also 
sponsored a few slots on the wheel.

All of the toys will be donated to the
 Antioch Traveling Closet, which serves the 
neediest families in our area. Good Family 
Tattoo and its employees gave away over
 $18,500 in gift certificates on 2017 during this 
event and raised almost $12,000 in brand
 new toys for the neediest families in our
 area. We did this with the help of you and 
your generosity.

Above are a few photos and a video taken at this year’s event.

The ATC wishes to thank Good Family Tattoo and all of those who generously donated toys for once again supporting the Antioch Traveling closet and our area needy children!

The Next ATC Giveaway Event Is December 16th!

(December 1, 2018) The Antioch Traveling Closet will be holding our next giveaway event on Sunday, December 16 at the Antioch Senior Center, 817 Holbeck Dr. The time of the event has been changed! It’s been moved up a half hour to 9:30am-1:30pm.

As usual, there will be FREE gently-used clothing in all sizes, shoes in various child and adult sizes, socks, winter hats and gloves, and toiletries. Stylists will once again be on hand to give haircuts to ensure everyone looks their holiday best! All items are free, while supplies last.

Because of the space limitations under which we operate, NO strollers, car seats, wagons, or carts will be allowed inside the Senior Center.

Also, the grey Gillespie Ford bags are the only bags allowed inside. You can reuse your Gillespie Ford bag from past events.

Please note that we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

If you have any questions or would like to make an item donation, please contact Lisa via e-mail at Cash donations can be made through PayPal right here on the ATC website.

See you on December 16th!

Lisa Fisher Interviewed on WGN Radio on Monday, December 3rd!

Santa is coming to the Hillcrest Elementary School to Help the ATC!

(November 30, 2018) Santa Claus will be making an early appearance this holiday season at the Hillcrest Elementary School on Saturday, December 1st from 
9:00am-1:00pm! He will be available for pictures with all girls and boys who have been good this year. There will also be a Secret 
Santa’s Workshop for your child to purchase gifts for others, along
 with a craft and vendor fair.

Some of the vendors at the fair will be: Lularoe, Mary Kay, Tupperware, Paparazzi, Agnes & Dora, Monat, Tastefully Simple, 
Rodan & Fields, Young Living, Perfectly Posh, Jazzercise, Younique, Color Street, Pampered Chef, 
Thirty-One, Scentsy, Usborne Books, B’BRI, 
SeneCence/LipSense, and Magnolia & Vine.

There will be holiday crafts, raffles, teacher gifts, jewelry, children’s accessories, quilts, soaps and lotions, wood and vinyl crafts, home décor, women’s clothing, and more! All proceeds from raffles are being donated to ATC!

Please come out and support the Hillcrest Elementary School and the Antioch Traveling Closet!

Hillcrest Elementary School
433 E. Depot St.
Antioch, IL

ATC Receives Donation from the Marty Family Charitable Fund

(November 22, 2018) Lisa Fisher has announced that the Marty Family Charitable Fund (a fund of American Endowment Foundation) has made a very generous donation of $10,000 to the Antioch Traveling Closet.

Everyone connected with the ATC wishes to thank all of those involved with the Marty Family Charitable Fund for making this a most memorable Thanksgiving holiday!

The ATC is in Good Hands with Allstate!

Thank you to Allstate volunteer Priscilla Callans for being a positive force for change in our community. She gave her time and enabled us to receive a Allstate Foundation Helping Hands Grant.

The Allstate Foundation supports the causes that Allstate agency owners, financial specialists, and employees care about most by providing Helping Hands Grants to nonprofits where they volunteer their time to bring out the good in their communities.

— Lisa Fisher


Great News! The Antioch Pizza Shop has agreed to hold a fundraiser to benefit the Antioch Traveling Closet on Tuesday, December 4. Simply present the special certificate to the cashier when paying for your order and the Antioch Pizza Shop will donate 15% of your tab to the ATC!For more details about the fundraiser and to get a copy of the certificate, click here.Questions? Contact Lisa Fisher at to see you on December 4th at the Antioch Pizza Shop!


On the lookout…

We’re currently on the lookout for donations to our December event! The items we need are:

  • brand-new kids underwear
  • baby wipes
  • gift cards and presents for kids ages newborn to 16
  • laundry soap (smaller bottles are best)
  • bathroom cleaner
  • household cleaner
  • brand new hats and gloves, sizes kids to adult
  • toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • feminine products
  • deodorant for teens, men, and women
  • kids shampoo and body soap
  • adult shampoo and conditioner
  • bar and liquid soap
  • disposable razors
  • Q-tips
  • paper towels

If you know of any schools, scout troops, work places, and/or other organizations that would be willing to have a donation drive for us, please let us know. It would be greatly appreciated!

If you’d like to be a volunteer for the ATC’s December event, click here to send us your contact information!

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Fisher at

Thanks a lot and see you in December!


Lisa Fisher is thrilled to announce that Bombas, the maker of world-class socks, has donated 4,000 pairs of their socks to the ATC for distribution to Antioch’s needy residents!When the founders of Bombas heard that socks are the #1 most-requested clothing item at homeless shelters, they decided to do something about it. They founded their company on the principle that they will donate one pair of their socks to charitable organizations for each pair they sell. Once the word got out about the company’s goal and the quality of their merchandise, there was no turning back. As of this writing (9/2/18), Bombas has donated nearly 9,500,000 pairs of socks to the needy.The company’s name derives from the Latin word for “bumblebee.” As stated on the Bombas website:

“Bees live in a hive and work together to make their world a better place. They’re small, but their combined actions have a big impact on the world. We like that. That’s why our mantra is ‘bee better.'”

All of us at the ATC sincerely thank Bombas for teaming with us as we both seek to fulfill our mutual goal of helping the needy—one pair of feet at a time.

Check Out Lisa Fisher and the ATC on Voyage Chicago!

An in-depth article featuring Lisa Fisher and the ATC story was published on the Voyage Chicago website on August 14th. The site publishes the most inspiring stories in the Chicagoland area. A number of photos seen for the first time appear on the webpage. Click here to read about the ATC!

Thanks for Dropping By, Antioch!

* * * August 11-12: Check out some photos! * * *
Click here for a direct link to the photos


Welcome to the Antioch Traveling Closet website!

The Antioch Traveling Closet Corporation NFP is a non-for profit organization founded by Antioch resident, Lisa Fisher, that helps local families in need of clothing, toiletries, cleaning supplies, hair cuts, and schools supplies.

The Antioch Traveling Closet was formed in 2014 with a recruited handful of volunteers that has quickly grown to a widespread community effort supported through local businesses and caring residents.

The ATC Corp NFP is now a 501(c)(3) organization.

We Need Your Help!

For the past year we were fortunate enough to have our storage unit paid for by the Antioch Lions Club and the Antioch Firefighters Association. Click here to see the AFFA donation presentation photos.

Starting now, however, we’ll have to start paying the $160.00 monthly rental for our 10’x30′ storage unit through other donation sources. We need your help! If we continue to pay the monthly rental for the unit we will not be able to help families the way we want to.

Lisa Fisher sees the role of the ATC expanding in the future. She says her hope “is to find a location over the upcoming months that we can afford that will give us a place where we can collect donations, sort them, and have them on display. With a place like this, we can have more of these events or, in the event of an emergency, we can have volunteers go to that facility and begin immediately offering help right away.” This can’t be done without your help.

Please consider donating to keep the ATC alive and functioning. We appreciate all donations big and small! Donations are tax-deductible! PayPal and all major credit cards are accepted. The Antioch Traveling Closet is a 501(c)(3) organization.


Antioch Traveling Closet In the News!

Here’s a list of publications and websites in which stories about the ATC have appeared. Click the links to read the stories!

Let us know if you see any stories that we may have missed!


Volunteers Needed for the Next Traveling Closet

If you can spare a few hours helping the ATC cause, we’ll find a way for you to help! Click here to fill out the volunteer contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.


Help the ATC help the needy with your tax-deductible donation! PayPal and all major credit cards are accepted. The Antioch Traveling Closet is a 501(c)(3) organization.